Kialla settlers under threat due to planning concerns
Every town needs a place for its dreamers, mavericks, renegades and fringe-dwellers. For more than 130 years, the historic Kialla Village Settlement has been a retreat from the encroaching urban world for some, and a forgotten place of flood-prone bushland for others. Now, Greater Shepparton City Council aims to protect the history of the place with a heritage overlay and at the same time enforce building and safety regulations on existing structures. John Lewis talked to current and former residents about what makes the place special.